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What to Expect From China in 2023

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What should the world expect from China in 2023? Will it continue to relax COVID restrictions? How will Beijing manage its economy? How will it handle dissent? What role will it play in Russia’s war in Ukraine? And how will China navigate relations with the United States?

The answers to these questions may well shape the world in 2023. Watch FP’s Ravi Agrawal’s interview with three China experts: Susan Shirk, Zongyuan Zoe Liu, and FP’s James Palmer look back at 2022 and project ahead to the next year for China and the world. 

Watch Susan Shirk’s answer when asked if she expects further uprisings against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s authority in 2023.  

Zongyuan Zoe Liu says that although the mass protests were significant,  broader factors were at play in the Chinese government’s decision to reverse zero-COVID restrictions.

FP’s James Palmer explains how the latest U.S. sanctions are hurting Chinese President Xi Jinping. 

Susan Shirk

Chair of the 21st Century China Center, University of California, San Diego

Susan Shirk is chair of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego. She served as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1997 to 2000.

Zongyuan Zoe Liu,

Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Zongyuan Zoe Liu is a fellow for international political economy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Zoe is the author of Can BRICS De-dollarize the Global Financial System and Sovereign Funds: How the Communist Party of China Finances its Global Ambitions. 

James Palmer

Deputy editor, Foreign Policy

James Palmer is a deputy editor at Foreign Policy and writes FP’s weekly China Brief newsletter. Palmer is the author of The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia and The Death of Mao: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Birth of the New China.

Ravi Agrawal

Editor in chief, Foreign Policy

Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the host of FP’s Global Reboot podcast. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade in full-time roles spanning three continents, including as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. Agrawal has shared a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work as a TV producer, and his writing for FP was part of a series nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. Agrawal is the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. He is a graduate of Harvard University. Agrawal is a frequent commentator on world affairs on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC.

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